Elementary Field Trip Experiences

  • Annapolis Maritime Museum
  • Banneker-Douglass Museum
  • Captain Avery Museum
  • Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  • Chesapeake Children's Mus.
  • Hammond-Harwood House
  • Historic Annapolis
  • Historic London Town
  • Maryland State House
  • Smithsonian (SERC)
  • U.S. Naval Academy
  • Watermark

Animals of the Bay

Explore the habitat, life cycle, and body structures of a variety of animals that make their home in the Chesapeake Bay. Meet the critter that live on an oyster reef, dissect an oyster to understand its anatomy, go seining for fish on our beach, and meet mud crabs and learn about their unique adaptations.

CONTACT: program@amaritime.org
ADDRESS: 723 Second Street PO Box 3088, Annapolis, MD 21403
PHONE: 410-295-0104 x13
Web Link: http://www.amaritime.org/education/school-programs

Oysters Inside and Out

Get to know the Eastern Oyster inside and out by exploring its biology and ecology, as well as its many cultural and historical impacts. Dissect an oyster to learn how it filters, explore an oyster reef habitat and meet the animals that live there, climb aboard a historical workboat exhibit to try oyster harvesting, and play a game to see how harvesting has changed over time.

CONTACT: program@amaritime.org
ADDRESS: 723 Second Street PO Box 3088, Annapolis, MD 21403
PHONE: 410-295-0104 x13
Web Link: http://www.amaritime.org/education/school-programs


Learn about the human impact on the world around us through interactive STEM activities. Find out what’s going on out there and learn how we can help. Explore an interactive model of pollution in our watershed, learn to use scientific equipment to test water quality, investigate plants’ role in shoreline erosion via a hands-on experiment, and use problem-solving skills to engineer a filter to clean water from the Bay.  

CONTACT: program@amaritime.org
ADDRESS: 723 Second Street PO Box 3088, Annapolis, MD 21403
PHONE: 410-295-0104 x13
Web Link: http://www.amaritime.org/education/school-programs

Tour Add-On Activity

Students design an artwork chronicling a person, place, or event they feel is important to Maryland history. The artworks will be based on artworks on display in the museum. Upon completion of their piece, students write a descriptive label detailing their selection. At the end of the program, all the artworks are placed together for a class presentation. Students will take their artworks home at the conclusion of the program.
Program duration: 45 minutes.
Cost: $45.00/group of 30 students.
Recommended for grades K-8.
ATTRACTION: Banneker-Douglass Museum
CONTACT: dlcontactbdm_bdm@maryland.gov
ADDRESS: 84 Franklin St., Annapolis, MD
PHONE: 410-216.6186
Web Link: www.bdmuseum.maryland.gov


Beginning African American History Hands-On Workshop

Begin the exploration of Maryland’s African American history through hands-on activities based on many of Maryland’s influential figures. Students will learn about Adinkra symbols from Western Africa, an area where many African American Marylanders can trace their roots; design a compass for way-finding like Harriet Tubman and Matthew Henson; create a book like Frederick Douglass and James Pennington; and create a protest sign like the Civil Rights Era protesters.
Program duration: 2 hours.
Cost: $50.00/group of 30 students.
Recommended for grades K-3.
ATTRACTION: Banneker-Douglass Museum
CONTACT: dlcontactbdm_bdm@maryland.gov
ADDRESS: 84 Franklin St., Annapolis, MD
PHONE: 410-216.6186
Web Link: www.bdmuseum.maryland.gov


Follow the North Star Hands-On Workshop

Learn about the importance of the North Star for three prominent Marylanders – Benjamin Banneker, Frederick Douglass, and Harriet Tubman. Students will investigate Benjamin Banneker’s love for astronomy and how he was about to use the movement of the stars to create one of the most accurate almanacs of his time. Then students will learn about Frederick Douglass’s North Star – the most influential black anti-slavery newspaper published during the antebellum era. Students will discover the importance of the North Star and the constellations for Harriet Tubman as a conductor on the Underground Railroad.
Program duration: 2 hours.
Cost: $50.00/group of 30 students.
Recommended for grades 3-8.
ATTRACTION: Banneker-Douglass Museum
CONTACT: dlcontactbdm_bdm@maryland.gov
ADDRESS: 84 Franklin St., Annapolis, MD
PHONE: 410-216.6186
Web Link: www.bdmuseum.maryland.gov


Maryland’s Deep Roots in African American History Guided Tours

Tour the Banneker-Douglass Museum’s exhibitions and discover Maryland’s African American history! The Banneker-Douglass Museum offers guided and unguided tours of its exhibitions throughout the school year. Tours feature the stories of Marylanders both famous and not-so-well-known including Mathias de Sousa, Benjamin Banneker, James Pennington, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Matthew Henson,and Thurgood Marshall.
Program duration: 1.5 hours but may be shortened upon request.
Cost: $25.00/group of 30 students. Recommended for all ages.
*Guided tours may be customized to a group’s needs and interests. Guided tours of and/or all of the museum exhibitions are available and must be scheduled at least 2 weeks in advance.
ATTRACTION: Banneker-Douglass Museum
CONTACT: dlcontactbdm_bdm@maryland.gov
ADDRESS: 84 Franklin St., Annapolis, MD
PHONE: 410-216.6186
Web Link: www.bdmuseum.maryland.gov

Captain Avery Museum’s Hands On Educational Opportunities

Please click here: http://www.captainaverymuseum.org/LSKids/EducationWebPage.pdf


Environmental Education Student Programs

CBF’s Education Department takes students outside to explore the Chesapeake Bay watershed and learn how we can all take action to save the Bay. Our award-winning environmental education program has been one of the cornerstones of our effort to reverse the Bay’s decline. All programs are designed to support state standards of education and are based from the official definition for a “Meaningful Watershed Education Experience” as defined by the Chesapeake Bay Program.

We offer one day boat and/or canoe programs, including the historic Skipjack Stanley Norman in Annapolis. We also offer three day overnight programs on islands in the Chesapeake Bay.

Note – some programs can accommodate as young as 4th grade groups. Please refer to individual programs.
Applications can be found at: www.cbf.org/programs

CONTACT:  Scheduling Department
ATTRACTION: Chesapeake Bay Foundation
ADDRESS:  6 Herndon Ave., Annapolis, MD 21403
PHONE:  800-445-5572
Web Link: www.CBF.org/educate

Hands-On Workshop

Hands-on workshops for ages 3 and up. Cost: $9 per child up to 15 children; $8 each for 16 or more children. 1 adult free for every 5 kids. Extra adults are $4 each.

One hour of structured activities based on a theme of your choice to fit your children, ages 3 and up. A two-hour visit includes time to explore the hands-on exhibits. Add a half hour for snack or lunch. Workshops are tailored to the ages of your children and may include crafts, storytelling, games, and music activities. Choose from the following topics or suggest another:

Animals: meet some of the animals that live at the museum
Around the World: specific countries or cultures can be chosen
Chesapeake Critters: includes a nature walk to the creek, weather permitting
Every Day is Earth Day: outdoor activities, weather permitting
Lively Tales: interactive storytelling followed by puppet making
Creating with the Masters: choose 2 artists to learn about and to imitate
Deconstruction: use tools to see what’s inside a machine; invent a new one!
Taking Off!: aviation history and flying objects of your own making
Lead On, Harriet!: meet a conductor of the Underground Railroad; add $1 for snack
The Skin You Live In: skin color differences explained; add $1 for snack
Sharecropping the Sea: meet a long-ago waterman; outdoor activity

CONTACT: Debbie Wood, info@theccm.org
ADDRESS: 25 Silopanna Road, Annapolis, MD 21403
PHONE: 410-990-1993
Web Link: www.theccm.org

Then and Now Program

All of the programs can be adapted for homeschoolers, Scout troops, or other children’s groups. The cost of the program is $4.00 per student, $7.00 per adult chaperone, and free for teachers.

Designed for the littlest, most curious minds and can be easily adapted for 5, 6, and 7 year old students. The program is divided into three 20 minute sessions:

Session I: Tour of the Herb Garden with show and tell of fresh, fragrant medicinal herbs

Session II: Tour of the Colonial Kitchen with emphasis on differences between the modern and the ancient. Reproduction artifacts passed around

Session III: Hands-On activities where students dress in colonial clothing, may make hornbooks, write with quill pens, or paint.

This program is designed to teach children the differences between modern and colonial life while giving them some hands on experiences with authentic reproduction artifacts.

ATTRACTION: Hammond-Harwood House
CONTACT: Rachel Lovett
ADDRESS: 19 Maryland Ave. Annapolis, MD
PHONE:  410-263-4683 x10
Web Link: www.hammondharwoodhouse.org

Colonial Adventure Tour

For 3rd – 5th graders, students step back in time as they learn about the lives of the men, women, and children living in Maryland during the 1770s. The tour is divided into two 45-minute sessions. In one session, students tour the colonial mansion and learn the basics about colonial life and history through an open dialogue with our expert guides. In part two, students touch or make several of the things they have seen in the house.

Through the use of reproduction artifacts and imaginative, interactive games, students get a direct sense of what it would have been like to be an artist, a furniture maker, a gentry man, a gentry lady, a servant, and more. They can write with quill pens, make a sachet, play with colonial toys, paint a miniature portrait, play with colonial cards, build a replica brick wall, experiment with furniture, and more. Participants may even purchase a colonial “Fun Pack” to take home at an additional cost of $1.50 per child.

ATTRACTION: Hammond-Harwood House
CONTACT: Rachel Lovett
ADDRESS: 19 Maryland Ave. Annapolis, MD
PHONE: 410-263-4683 x10
Web Link:  www.hammondharwoodhouse.org

Historic Annapolis Field Trips

Field trips can be customized to meet your group’s needs and time constraints. Students will also enjoy walking the 18th century streets of Annapolis as they change locations.

Activity Options:

William Paca House (186 Prince George Street, Annapolis, MD, 21401) –  Step back in time to Revolutionary-era Maryland into the elegant home of the Declaration of Independence signer and Governor, William Paca. Students will take a guided tour through the fully furnished parlor, bed chambers, dining room, and much more, gaining an insider’s look at life in 18th century Maryland.

William Paca’s Garden (186 Prince George Street, Annapolis, MD, 21401) – Embracing the philosophy of the Age of Enlightenment, William Paca designed his garden as an earthly paradise. Students will explore the two-acre pleasure garden and learn about 18th-century rules and etiquette for being an upstanding citizen.

William Paca’s Kitchen (186 Prince George Street, Annapolis, MD, 21401) – Visit the kitchen and meet with servants and slaves of the Paca House as they go about their duties behind the scenes, and share with guests the secrets of the home. Feel and smell the foods of the 18th century.

Hogshead (43 Pinkney Street, Annapolis, MD, 21401) – Discover what life was like on the colonial frontier in this interactive, hands-on experience. Handle staple foods of the frontier including hardtack, spices, and sugar. Feel the clothing and see the tools and supplies required for work and survival on the frontier.

Freedom Bound: Runaways of the Chesapeake exhibit (99 Main Street, Annapolis, MD, 21401) – Tells the stories of servants and slaves who tried to escape from forced labor between 1728 and 1864. Students will explore the notion of “Freedom” as that meant different things to different people at different times. For most whose flight is documented in historic newspapers, their fates remain unknown. Meet six runways and hear their harrowing stories. Participate in hands-on activities by putting yourself in a runaway’s shoes – what will you take with you and how will you disguise yourself when you attempt your escape?

CONTACT: Courtney Knapp, grouptours@annapolis.org
ADDRESS: Addresses vary; see above
PHONE: 410-990-4754 or 410-990-4543 x 405
WEB LINK: www.annapolis.org/education/prek-programs

Early Maryland History

This program is best for third, fourth, and fifth graders. Cost per student: $8.00 per student for 3.5-hour programs, $6.00 per student for 2-hour programs. (Title I schools receive a 25% discount.)

Students experience the lives of average colonial Marylanders through hands-on activities and discussion in original and reconstructed colonial buildings and exhibits.

The program explores three topics:

People: Students will experience the lives of actual colonists, from the upper crust to merchants to slaves and indentured servants by dressing up as those people and exploring how they would have interacted in a social center of colonial life: the tavern of the William Brown House.

Work: The work that men, women, and children would have done to support themselves, their families, and their community are explored through hands-on activities such as hearth cooking in the Lord Mayor’s Tenement and woodworking in the Carpenter Shop.

Trade: London Town’s role as a British colonial seaport and its connection to a global trade network are discovered in the Seaport station, where students take on the roles of sailors, and in the exhibit, where they examine objects similar to those found by archaeologists at the Rumney-West Tavern site.

CONTACT: Kyle Dalton, Public Programs Administrator, education@historiclondontown.org or request a school tour online
ADDRESS: 839 Londontown Road, Edgewater, MD 21037
PHONE: 410-222-1919 ext. 211
Web Link: http://www.historiclondontown.org/#!early-maryland-school-program/cn73

VISITOR INFO LOGO smallMaryland State House

Built c. 1772-1779, the Maryland State House is the oldest state capitol in continuous use. It was home to the Continental Congress from November 1783 to August 1784, and is the only state house to have served as the nation’s capital.

*The State House is open every day from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., except Christmas and New Years Day.
To help make your visit to the Maryland State House more enjoyable, and to provide you with an understanding of its rich and historic past, self-guided tour information is available in the Office of Interpretation on the first floor.

**Please note that security measures are in place at the State House and other state buildings. Picture ID is required for entrance and metal detectors are in operation.

**Specialized curatorial tours of the building and its artwork can be arranged by appointment by calling 410.260.6445. There is no charge for tours, but donations are encouraged to support the interpretation of the building.


To view a copy of the Maryland State House Visitor’s Brochure click here: http://msa.maryland.gov/msa/mdstatehouse/pdf/selfguide_sept2015.pdf

For more information on the Charles Willson Peale painting of Washington, Lafayette, and Tilghman at Yorktown which hangs in the Senate Committee Room click here: http://msa.maryland.gov/msa/mdstatehouse/pdf/wlt_final.pdf

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

Estuary Chesapeake

Estuary Chesapeake is a hands-on program in which 4th through 6th grade students can explore the living and non-living aspects of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem.

The strength of the Estuary Chesapeake program is rooted in its capacity to deliver a comprehensive outdoor experience focused on an ecosystem of the Chesapeake Bay. Because Estuary Chesapeake involves a series of five teacher/parent led stations, SERC is able to accommodate up to 90 students at a time. SERC provides curriculum and materials, as well as on-site training to help teachers and parents prepare for the field trip.

To find all Estuary Chesapeake resources and the latest information all in one place, visit the blog, www.estuarychesapeake.wordpress.com. All materials and details are organized in one place, plus videos, articles, lessons, discussions, and much more, all at your fingertips. The blog also features an archive of downloadable data collected by students, which can be used for comparison studies after the trip.

CONTACT:  Jane Holly
ATTRACTION: Reed Education Center, SERC
ADDRESS:  647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater, MD 21037
Web Link: www.serc.si.edu/education/k-8/estuary/index.aspx
Download: Estuary Chesapeake Manual.pdf


Exploring Nature

Exploring Nature provides age appropriate environmental education experiences for early elementary students to facilitate direct learning.

Do you remember your earliest nature experience? Exploring Nature’s Classroom Through Outdoor Learning (Exploring Nature) was developed to create a positive nature experience for lower elementary school students. This program uses age appropriate hands-on activities, costumes, and colorful visual aids to involve and inspire younger students and help them to appreciate and respect the natural world. The educational materials and activities complement the natural environment. They will focus on water and land animals, plants, soil, and water in different ecosystems, and using your sense in nature. After participating in the activities and learning basic ecological concepts, students can see these concepts “in action” at SERC. This program facilitates direct learning about the environment for students.

CONTACT: Jane Holly
ATTRACTION: Reed Education Center, SERC

ADDRESS: 647 Contees Wharf Road, Edgewater, MD 21037
Web Link: www.serc.si.edu/education/k-8/explorenat/index.aspx


Home School Science Courses (5-7 years old)

SERC offers home school science courses for students ages 5-7. Classes are hands-on, with an emphasis on outside/field study, microscopy, and the scientific method. Material is rigorous and age appropriate for each age group (5-7 years old), with a focus on hands-on inquiry for younger students and lab based investigation for older students. Past class topics include The Chesapeake Bay, Sounds in Nature, Biomimicry, Scientific Writing, Birds and Flight, and Ecosystem Engineers.

Parents are welcome to attend the 5-7 yr. old classes, and siblings are welcome to work in our study area or quietly in the classroom.

Pre-class vocabulary, web links, and assignments may be found on our home school blog:serchomeschool.wordpress.com. Sign up on our blog for e-mail notifications about new classes, weather updates, and pre-class materials.

CONTACT: Karen McDonald
PHONE: 443-482-2388
Web Link: www.serc.si.edu/education/homeschool/index.aspx

U.S. Naval Academy

U.S Naval Academy Field Trips

Guided Walking Tour:

Interactive guided walking tour based on elementary school curriculum for 4th grade up.  Students learn about Naval Academy history and architecture as well as midshipmen life and traditions.  Tour:  One hour; including restroom break and USNA Gift Shop, one hour and 30 minutes.  Value-added:  Free film, The Call to Serve, shows every 15 minutes on the quarter hour (theater seats 100).

Navy Way Boot Camp:

This tour is appropriate for 1st-5th grades. Recruits learn Navy terms and traditions…they march, chant, and follow orders. One hour.

CONTACT: Scheduling Coordinator, Naval Academy Guide Service
ADDRESS: Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center, 52 King George Street, Annapolis, MD 21402
PHONE: 410-293-8112 (Scheduling Office)
Web Link: www.usnabsd.com/for-visitorsGroup Tours tab






Baltimore Inner Harbor Cruise-Destination Education

Step aboard one of our boats for a 45-minute narrated cruise of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and nearby landmarks. This cruise is a wonderful introduction to Baltimore and the renaissance of the Inner Harbor. See Federal Hill, the USS Constellation and catch a glimpse of Fort McHenry. 45 minute cruise.
ATTRACTION:  Watermark
ADDRESS:  P.O Box 3350, Annapolis, MD 21403

PHONE:  410.268.7601 x104
Web Link: http://destinationeducation.com

Colonial Eye Spy Tour- Destination Education

What was it like to be a colonial child? It was very different from what children know about today and yet very similar! Walk the streets of Annapolis, learn the rhymes, play the games of the past. Your students will enjoy their trip back in time to Colonial days on this tour. Come have an adventure with our period dressed colonial guides! This tour is geared towards Pre-K to 3rd grades. 90 minute walking tour.
ATTRACTION:  Watermark
ADDRESS:  P.O Box 3350, Annapolis, MD 21403
PHONE:  410.268.7601 x104
Web Link: http://destinationeducation.com

Seas, Lakes & Bay: The Naval War of 1812- Destination Education

Come celebrate the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 as we bring you back in time to Historic Annapolis, acquainting your students with key points of interest throughout the streets of Annapolis and the United States Naval Academy. Our 1812 period dressed guide will take you to many stops including where Francis Scott Key attended college and the US Navy first demonstrated itself as a force to be reckoned with during the war of 1812, an event that signified the rebirth of our nation. 2 hour walking tour.
ATTRACTION:  Watermark
ADDRESS:  P.O Box 3350, Annapolis, MD 21403
PHONE:  410.268.7601 x104
Web Link: http://destinationeducation.com

The Challenge of the Pirate Quest- Destination Education

Engage your students with tales of actual pirates who prowled the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. After building a tool used by sailor of old, students will step aboard and cruise the Chesapeake Bay discovering little know facts about maritime history and piracy. Ingenuity and teamwork will be needed from the students to unravel the mystery of this treasure. 2 hour program.
ATTRACTION:  Watermark
ADDRESS:  P.O Box 3350, Annapolis, MD 21403

PHONE:  410.268.7601 x104
Web Link: http://destinationeducation.com